Oh, were you looking for Halloween and Day of the Dead stuff? We’ve got you covered. Otherwise, here is the balance of that which is not of those holidays. Not to worry, there’s plenty — with lots of art and food. Enjoy!

Friday, October 25

Linking Global with Local: Empowering Women in Coffee
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
HUB Oakland Pop-Up Space, 1423 Broadway

Join us to learn about challenges women coffee farmers face globally and the ways we can empower women to achieve meaningful change locally. For more information and to register, visit womenincoffee.eventbrite.com.

Fundraiser for Pro Arts
6 – 9 p.m.
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

The Artists Are Present is Pro Arts’ Fall Fundraiser event that sets the stage for interactions with artists. Let us introduce you to some of the Bay Area’s most esteemed and audacious artists who will be “present” at tables and waiting to meet you. Engage in light, fun conversation with established and emerging artists and gain insight into the creative process at this first-of-its-kind fundraiser event at Pro Arts. Enjoy an open bar, tasty treats, music by DJ Eric Rukis, and mix and mingle with the artists present. Also celebrate Executive Director Margo Dunlap’s tenth anniversary with Pro Arts! All proceeds directly support visual arts, artist services and youth arts programs. For more information and to purchase online tickets, click here.

Sinful Science
6 – 10 p.m.
Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Boulevard

Stressful day? Grab a bar of chocolate. Heartbreak? That calls for a large bowl of mac and cheese. Nerves on edge? Nothing a glass of wine won’t calm. What makes comfort food so… comforting? Why is it that the things that taste and feel so good are always so bad? Are our brains wired to form habits around vice? Explore indulgence with us as we discover the motivation and benefits of vices. Enjoy music, wine, and beer. Call (510) 336-7373 to register. Visit http://www.chabotspace.org/ for more information.

Sembramos 4: Art Party and Fundraiser
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Betti Ono Gallery, 1427 Broadway

By Any Dreams Necessary invites you to Sembramos 4: Art Party and Fundraiser! Local artists will be showcasing their work, hosted by Master of Ceremony Tony Vic, with music by DJ Aebldee, food and drink, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and original art for sale. All proceeds will benefit the BADN Artist in Residence School Program, providing middle school students at Urban Promise Academy with dance instruction. Be a part of the movement to support art and education of youth in our community: join us at Sembramos 4. RSVP and get tickets here.

57th Street Gallery Presents Stephanie Crawford and Trio
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Stephanie Crawford was the 1993 recipient of the prestigious French award “Django D’Or” for Best International Jazz Vocalist. She was also Professor of Jazz Vocals at Centre D’Informations Musicales and I.A.C.P. (Institute D’Art, Culture et Perception) in Paris, France at the time. During her tenure, Ms. Crawford nurtured and mentored numerous jazz vocalists from the burgeoning French jazz scene, while recording and performing to mesmerized audiences. Musicians are Stephanie Crawford, vocals; Joe Warner, piano; Michael Jones, bass; and Sly Randolph, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Saturday, October 26

Port of Oakland Good Neighbor Breakfast
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cypress Mandela Training Center, 2229 Poplar Street

The Port of Oakland invites you to come join us at the Good Neighbor Breakfast for a morning of information exchange. You will meet the Port’s new Executive Director, Chris Lytle, and we will share updates and answer your questions. We value your input and want to hear from you! If you have a question you would like addressed, please note it when you register. You can register at http://portofoakland.eventbrite.com or by telephone at (510) 627-1135. Complimentary breakfast will be provided for all guests.

United Nations Parade & Flag Raising
11 a.m.
Jack London Square’s United Nations Flag Pole, Franklin and Embarcadero

Locals and visitors are invited to be a part of the anniversary ceremony for the United Nations at this special event, which will host special guest speakers, a flag raising and a parade of flags from around the world. For more information, call (510) 645-9292 or visit www.jacklondonsquare.com.

Phat Beets Food ‘n’ Justice Series: “Ferment Change! Making Kimchi”
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
North Oakland Farmers’ Market, 942 Stanford Avenue

Join Lorena, a Fresh Fellow from the Phat Beets Produce Youth Program, in making this traditional Korean pickle made from Napa cabbage, carrots, ginger and more. Lorena will provide samples, and bring a jar so you can make and take some home with you! For more information, visit phatbeetsproduce.org.

Author Talk: Eli Brown Discusses Cinnamon & Gunpowder
2:30 p.m.
Oakland Public Library, Temescal Branch, 5205 Telegraph Avenue

This is an afternoon with local writer Eli Brown, author of Cinnamon & Gunpowder. This swashbuckling novel of culinary romance and piracy on the high seas is published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, one of the nation’s most prestigious literary imprints. For more information, click here.

57th Street Gallery Presents The Doug Arrington Quartet
8:30 – 11:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
5701 Telegraph Avenue

Warm, intimate, intense, electric and buoyant, Doug Arrington is masterful at creating a mood. Professional acclaim has come to Doug through television and radio appearances throughout the world. Doug is a well-known local artist, but frequently returns to the New York area to perform. Musicians are Doug Arrington, vocals; Rodney Burge, keyboards; Eric Swinderman, guitar; and Marlon Green, drums. Admission is $15. For more information or to make reservations (recommended), visit www.57thStreetGallery.com.

Sunday, October 27

Adult Learn-to-Ride Class
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Jack London Square Pavilion (inside), 98 Broadway

This is a class for adults or teens who have either not yet learned how to ride a bike, or learned a long time ago but want a refresher on the basics of balancing, pedaling and steering. Our trained instructors are friendly, patient, and will help you get off to a great start in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Register online here.

Book Celebration for The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
2 – 4 p.m.
Park Day School, 360 42nd Street

This book, by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, is the richly-illustrated winner of a 2013 Gourmand Cookbook Award. The event includes stories by Laila and Maggie, book signing, and bite-sized treats from the book’s recipes. The Middle East Children’s Alliance is presenting this event. For more information, visit http://www.mecaforpeace.org.

Food Day Pop-Up & Beer Garden
3 – 7 p.m.
La Borinqueña, 582 7th Street

Food Day is a national celebration of local, sustainable, healthy food. This event will showcase Oakland food makers and local farmers alongside local beer. Partnering organizations include the Jack London Square Farmers’ Market / Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association, Loakal Mobile Food, Kitchener, Raise the Root, La Borinqueña Mex-icatessen (Tina Tamale), Linden Street Brewery, and others. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/361516027317977.

Monday, October 28

New Housing Development Community Meeting
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
La Escuelita Elementary School Cafeteria, 1050 2nd Street

This meeting is to discuss the proposed housing development on the 12th Street site at Lake Merritt Boulevard. Come and meet the project team and express your views about the preliminary design. Questions? Please Contact Crystal Beverly, Assistant Developer, Urban Core-Integral, LLC at (415) 553-4011.

Tuesday, October 29

Oakland City Council and Oakland Redevelopment Agency Meeting
5:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Third Floor, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza

The City Council is the governing body of the City of Oakland, and consists of eight members who are elected directly by the citizens of Oakland: one representative from each of seven districts, and one at-large representative. The Council sets goals and priorities for the City, as well as approving the City budget, adopting ordinances to help the City serve its citizens, and appointing members to various boards and commissions. The City Council meets 2 – 3 times per month, on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesdays. A downloadable agenda is available at http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/. For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

Thursday, October 31

Oakland City Council Rules & Legislation Committee
10:45 a.m.
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 1

The Rules and Legislation Committee usually meets at this time (although it is recommended to confirm the day and time, as this is subject to change). A downloadable agenda is available at: http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/calendar/. For more information, visit http://www2.oaklandnet.com/Government/o/CityCouncil/ or call (510) 238-7370.

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